Horror games, despite being subject to a surge in growth around this time of year, really are all-year-round things. They're pretty much always topical, and most definitely capable of making a major splash even on the dryest of days. And 2022, thankfully, will see in yet another glorious batch of them, crammed full of spooky scenarios and nightmarish narratives. The good news to that, of course, is that we'll have plenty to bite into as the year unravels even more noteworthy gems.
As of this moment, there are quite a few horror flicks that have made our calendars, with even more slowly jotting themselves down as the weeks go by. But for now, it's really only worth putting these five in your diary in anticipation of their respected launch dates. So, clear some space in your journal and prepare to feast on some bone-shattering horror. Here's what to keep an eye out for in 2022.
5. Evil Dead: The Game
Release Date: February 2022
The cult classic movie franchise Evil Dead has finally paved its way to the gaming universe, with a multiplayer experience being the next port of call for 2022. With Bruce Campbell reprising his iconic role as Ash (as well as narrating over the game), players will be able to take on the armies of the dead in an all-new, brutally-bonkers horror experience, where gore and wrath go hand-in-hand like blood on bandages.
As much as we've adored having the beloved Left 4 Dead developer strike back with the most recent release of Back 4 Blood, we still can't help but crave a little more from the same banquet. There's a looming itch that we can't help but avoid scratching until we've had our fill on multiplayer shenanigans. And in this case, weirdly, it seems to be the upcoming Evil Dead that's serving up the leftovers needed to fill the void in our stomachs.
4. The Callisto Protocol
Release Date: 2022
When we first clocked the fact that the upcoming horror game The Callisto Protocol was being built under the PUBG domain, we sort of brushed it from our shoulders, under the impression that it was just going to be another box-standard expansion to the battle royale game. But then, after a little digging, we were greeted by an old friend — one that just so happened to be the original designer behind the renowned Dead Space series. That, of course, was about the time we punched our tickets and boarded the hype train.
Boasting a story-driven, single-player survival horror experience, The Callisto Protocol will look to raise the bar and ultimately give the genre a whole new meaning. With elements stripped from the Dead Space recipe, it's a clear spiritual successor that OG fans will be incredibly quick to back come launch day. Oh, and it's supposedly set 300 years after the events of PUBG. But, I mean — you can probably just discard that information, to be honest. We're just here for the Dead Space clone.
3. The Outlast Trials
Release Date: 2022
There's no hiding the fact that Outlast has managed to carve its name in the hollow walls of survival horror these past few years. With two stellar chapters and a riveting DLC, all of which are as equally as disturbing and horrifying, Red Barrels has built something worth holding onto — even if it means milking it completely dry. And let's face it, the upcoming virtual reality instalment The Outlast Trials is a perfectly acceptable chance to squeeze said udder.
Serving as a prequel to the two acclaimed chapters, The Outlast Trials revolves around the Cold War, where dark experiments go under the radar in an enclosed research facility. Your role in the twisted tale, as per the Outlast way, is to delve into the waves of deranged trials, where your sanity will be pushed closer and closer to the brink of destruction. And yes — there will be brainwashing. How could there not be? It's Outlast.
Release Date: 2022
It's been a while since we stepped into a completely new world with very little context to guide our intrigue. Unfortunately for us, Scorn pretty much manages to execute that flawlessly, with only a few details to keep the fire stoked as we await its eventual launch next year. However, from what we've seen so far from the upcoming survival horror game — it's definitely worth keeping on the radar.
Ripping influences directly from the likes of H.R. Giger and Zdzisław Beksiński, Scorn uses a combination of twisted tapestry as a platform for its dark and dismal alien planet, where monstrous creatures roam the nightmarish wastelands built from steel, flesh and bone. Your role in the hellish world, unfortunately, is to explore it and uncover its darkest secrets. So, best of luck with that.
1. Dead Space Remake
Release Date: Q4 2022
One of the most anticipated horror games of 2022 is Electronic Art's latest entry to the Dead Space catalogue. Well, the reboot of the first Dead Space game, but without Visceral Games at the helm for its development. And for good reason too. Not only was Dead Space one of the greatest survival horror games of its generation — but also one of the most technically advanced in terms of gameplay and narrative. And so, to have such a masterpiece reproduced for upgraded hardware truly is a joy in itself, and one we can't quite wait to tuck into again.
Although giving hardly a few scraps away during its reveal, Dead Space fans weren't exactly hanging around when looking to follow EA up with a series of burning questions. Unfortunately, little has been given away since its announcement, other than the basics. Isaac Clarke is back, and the USG Ishimura is going to be bolder, more outlandish, and more horrifying than ever.
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